Just read on the news that Microsoft has announced a huge profit for the quarter ending September 30.

Since a profit figure of $4.29 billion is sufficient to make me interested 😉 , I went to their website to have a look at their previous Annual Report. And the thing that stuck me the most on going there was that they still give put out their annual reports on their own .doc format files.
I mean, its probably a small thing, but isn’t .pdf one of the most widely used formats on the Internet?
Yeah, I also agree that all computers can open a file in the MS-Word format. Maybe even more than the number of computers which can open PDFs. But if the whole world is moving towards using PDFs (specially for online documents), doesn’t it make more sense to follow the same? Or at least give the user the option of downloading the same file in multiple formats?

Or is this because
their XPS format is directly pitted against Adobe’s PDF format?


Love is…

Amidst all the "academic rigor" that he was putting in for the mid-terms, DT found this gem of a piece (via here) from the web –

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up.

You build up all these defenses. You build up a whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life… You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore.

Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like maybe we should be just friends’ or ‘how very perceptive’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. Nothing should be able to do that. Especially not love.

I hate love.

And being an extremely caring and sharing person, he also mailed it to a few people.

In normal circumstances (and in a normal place), this would have been the end of it. But  the stress (WTF?!) of examinations makes people extraordinarily expressive. This is the reply that we all got from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (HWMNBN)* some time later –

I have been in love, Amazing it is. It makes you immune to all the atrocities of Life. It locks your chest, captures your heart and it means someone is there inside, always with you and for you.

You build up all these defenses. You build up a whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you and then one feeling, totally out of this world, wanders into your life…and exposes the vulnerability of your hollow empire. You give yourself into it, though they didn’t ask for it. Everything about them starts touching you, and then you start admiring life coz it wasn’t ever complete before this.

Love takes over; it gets the best out of you. It lights your heart and soul to remove all the darkness of life, so simple a phrase like ‘Life is Beautiful’ turns into an ecstatic feeling working its way right into your heart. It is not just in the imagination, neither just in the face and mind, it’s right into your soul, a lifetime real two parts of the same heart-made for each other feeling which is your biggest strength on this planet. Nothing can ever do that…And that my friend is what is LOVE.

I worship love.

Evidently, our dear HWMNBN* could not take so direct an attack on something that he has invested so much time and energy into. 😀

* – Writer’s name withheld due to security reasons 😉

Computers and Internet

Orkut vs. Facebook

On top of my current list of "cool play things" is And for those who came in late (like me, Duh!), Facebook is one of the world’s most used social networking sites alongwith Orkut and MySpace. The most amazing thing that i liked about Facebook was the fact that it is more than just a "site". Its more of a platform where developers can test their skills providing cool, new apps to the user. The opportunities that these apps can give are virtually unlimited, including the chance to earn some real money. All this in the guise of a social, networking site. Wow!

Now where does good, old Orkut stand amongst the growing crowd of such sites?

A quick search for the traffic stats of Orkut got me to Amongst other things, Alexa allows you to compare the traffic stats of various sites.

Entering Orkut, Facebook and MySpace in the traffic stats throws up the following graphs:

Clearly, MySpace is way ahead of either Orkut or Facebook. But, even more surprising is that even though Facebook has been garnering a lot more press than Orkut, it is only recently that the traffic to Facebook has exceeded that of Orkut. To be more specific, its only in the latter part of August, 2007 that it has gone past Orkut. Its also around the same time that the Facebook craze hit MDI. Cool Coincidence! 🙂

What Alexa also shows is the origin of the traffic reaching the particular site. No big surprises for Orkut here: most of the users (a huge 82.8%) come from Brazil and India. Its also the 4th most visited website in India, whereas in the US of A, it ranks a lowly 38 (Facebook on the other hand, ranks 5th in the USA).

What the above figures also mean for Orkut is that its time it gets its act together. Maybe a better linkage of Google’s tools through Orkut is the answer? How cool would it be to be able to check your Gmail account through Orkut? 🙂

There’s news that Google is actually looking to spruce up Orkut here. Can’t wait to get my hands on a new, improved Orkut! 🙂

(P.S. My Profiles on Orkut, Facebook and Add me :))